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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Emily Abery Keith" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 01:29:05 +0200 (EET)
Subject: Contact DHL with the Security Keeping Code:(xxx/5678/dhl)

Greetings Beloved,

I am sure this mail would be coming to you as a surprise since we have
never met before and you would also be asking why I have decided to choose
you amongst the numerous internet users in the world. I come in peace.
Just carefully read and digest the message below.

I am Mother Emily Abery Keith, 87 Years old woman and the wife of Late
Sir Abery Keith who died in a Plane crash on Monday the 7th of September
1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they were flying from New York to Geneva.

Please see site below for more information.

After the death of my husband I became the Head of his investment and now
I am old. Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to
several charity homes/less privilege in different countries. I and my
husband also agreed to render support to an unknown individual we have not
met before due to the fact that when we were still young in life we
received an anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we
have not being able to know till date.

Three weeks ago I deposited a cheque in the sum of £5,800,000.00 British
Pound with DHL DELIVERY COMPANY to deliver to you upon your contact with
them, but I was unable to notify you timely because of my ill health,
Contact the COMPANY as soon as possible to know when they will deliver
your package to you because of the expiring date on the cheque.

I have paid the delivering cost, the Insurance premium and clearance
Certificate fee. The only money you are expected to pay is £250 British
Pounds for the Security Keeping of the cheque for three weeks. I would
have paid the fee but the company insisted that I should not because they
don't know when you will be contacting them and to avoid further cost.

Contact Person: Mr. Micheal Heilman

Email Address:

Tel: +44 702 409 4997

You are to reconfirm the below information to them to avoid any mistake on
the Delivery and ask them to provide you with the method they wish to use
in receiving their accrued security keeping fee of £250 British Pounds for
their immediate action.

1. Postal address:
2. Full Names:
3. Direct telephone number:

Security Keeping Code: (xxx/5678/dhl)

Good Luck
Mrs. Emily Abery Keith

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